A budget hotel which was given the green light last year is set to open in Marlow at the end of May this year - despite concerns about parking in the area.

In 2016, Travelodge announced plans to build a hotel with associated car parking on a derelict site opposite The Marlow Club, in Fieldhouse Lane.

The controversial plans were given the go-ahead in February last year, with Smith Jenkins, representing Travelodge, saying the 83-bedroom hotel would “help support the business park and the wider Marlow economy”.

Thousands of people signed a petition against the construction of the budget hotel over concerns it would impact the future of businesses in Globe Park as well as parking in the area.

But council officials said it would help to create new jobs and boost the town’s economy.

Marlow Chamber of Commerce president Paul Deriaz welcomed the plans, saying: “The old Chelton site has been derelict for a number of years so it is good news for all occupiers on Globe Park that the site is being redeveloped for much needed parking and a new hotel.”

Mr Deriaz, who is also on the executive board for the Globe Park Business Improvement District (BID), added: “There is a shortage of hotel accommodation in Marlow.

“Whilst we have some well-established premium hotels in Marlow there is also a need for mid-range accommodation and Travelodge will cater for this urgent need and support the competitive edge of Globe Business Park as a top business location.”

The hotel will feature new ‘super rooms’ alongside its regular rooms, which will have added comfort for guests including a coffee machine, adjustable shower and blackout curtains.

Travelodge Marlow spokesman John Hardy said the hotel group was “looking forward to becoming a part of the Marlow community”.

He said: “Where we are located, in Globe Business Park, is ideal. We are very excited about it.

“We chose Marlow for its mixture of business needs that we know exists in the town, the tourist demand being on the River Thames, and local demand.

“It’s the holy trinity.”